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    Threats to Cameron's job are currently coming from the Conservative right. They worry that Cameron is insufficiently hostile to the European Union. I suspect British Conservatives feel about the EU roughly what American conservatives do about the UN.

    Last weekend, two Sunday papers ran articles suggesting that one Adam Afriye (the Conservative MP for Windsor - yes the area including Windsor Castle, so he knows the Queen) was going to challenge Cameron for the Conserrvative leadership (which would probably make Afriye the next Prime Minister, assuming he won). Allegedly there are enough right wingers ready to trigger a leadership contest although only one revealed his name in public (Patrick Mercer MP if anyone is interested).

    The British Obama comparison is because Afriye had a father from Africa (Ghana) and a white British mother. He grew up on a council estate (= project) in South London. He subsequently made one hundred million pounds in the IT industry, which may explain why he ended up in the Conservative Party.

    Afriye was a member of the Shadow Cabinet before 2010, but was not offered a post in the real government. Mercer was a minister but his services were dispensed with last year. Could these facts be connected with hostility to David Cameron?

    However the Conservative Chairman, Grant Shapps, telephoned Afriye and was told he was not going to challenge the Prime Minister. The whole thing seems to have been a botched attempt at self publicity and profile raising by a rather obscure politician.

    David Cameron currently has the support of a majority of the House of Commons. He is unlikely to lose it until much closer to the general election due in 2015. Until he does lose such support, the Parliamentary system makes Cameron secure as Prime Minister.

    There is no man alive who is sufficiently good to rule the life of the man next door to him. Sir Rhys Hopkin Morris, M.P.

    by Gary J on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 08:56:17 AM PST

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